In Part I of this two-part series, we learned about many recreational drugs and the slang words that teens may be using to conceal drug use. Part II addresses the misuse of pills and other prescriptions, as well as other drug slang terms and acronyms teens use to conceal drug use.
Pills and Other Prescriptions
Teens easily find prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs at home, friends’ homes and dealers. They are easily one of the most abused substances. Different prescriptions have different slang terms.
General Slang Terms for Prescriptions
Candy, yellow jackets, ludes, pep pills, red devils, co-pilots, blue devils, bumblebees, yellows, hearts.
Vicodin Slang Terms
Fluff, scratch, vikes, idiot pills, hydro, norco, Watson 387, viko
Lortab Slang Terms
Tab, hydro, norco. Also known as vikes or viko
Oxy, hillbilly heroin, poor man’s heroin, pills, kicker, cotton, OCs, Ox, Os, Oxy, blue, 40, 40-bar, and 80
Percs, paulas, roxicotten, roxi’s, blue dynamite, cets, 512s
Fentanyl, china girl, TNT, murder 8, tango and cash, apache, dance fever, china town, goodfella, jackpot
Benzodiazepines – Ativan (Lorazepam), Xanax (Alprazolam), Valium (Diazepam), Klonopine (Clonazepam) are the most common.
These medications are often prescribed for anxiety. They are easily abused because tolerance develops quickly as well as physical dependence. These medications are in the same class as alcohol so they are essentially alcohol in a pill. Requires a safe medical detox.
While prescribed to help people come off other drugs, these can be obtained on the street. Slang terms include methadose, dollies, done, dolls, meth, phy, junk, metho, jungle juice, fizzies, chocolate chip cookies, maria, amidone, pastora, salvia, wafer, and juice.
Other commonly abused prescription drugs include Darvocet, Demerol, Dilaudid, Percodan and more.
Other Slang Terms in the Drug World
These terms are associated with a variety of drugs.
A-boot: Under the influence of drugs
Agonies: Withdrawal symptoms
Author: Doctor that writes illegal prescriptions
Honeymoon: Early stages of drug use, before becoming addicted
Hype Stick: Hypodermic needle
Miss: To inject a drug
Paper bag: Container for drugs
Pharming: Taking a combination of prescription drugs
Piggybacking: Injecting two or more different drugs together
Tweak Mission: On a mission to find crack
Find Help for Your Teen
If your teen seems to be speaking another language and you suspect drugs are to blame, we can help. Contact our staff at Sober Houston to learn what your next steps should be.